Problems associated with the ear, nose and throat can be relentless. Fortunately, so is the team at the Ochsner Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communication Sciences. This department provides ear, nose and throat (ENT) services, which have been a part of Ochsner since our founding in 1942. Our otolaryngologists – head and neck surgeons (ENT physicians) are consistently recognized as the best in Louisiana and one of the top programs in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Ochsner ENT physicians are passionate about providing life-changing, innovative care to everyone from the newborn to the adult.

Why Choose Ochsner for ENT Care:

  • Coordinated and comprehensive management of ear, nose and throat diseases from diagnosis to rehabilitation
  • Innovative treatment strategies and surgical approaches
  • A highly experienced team that is recognized nationally for their expertise
  • Cost-effective, patient-centered, evidence-based care
  • Multiple locations throughout the region, with one close to you

While most primary care physicians in the region can handle the occasional sinus infection, sore throat or ear wax problem, they will typically refer their patients to Ochsner ENT when the symptoms linger or recur, or when further testing, monitoring, a second opinion or surgery may be required.

Conditions Treated

You should see Ochsner ENT when you have:

  • Hearing loss, especially in one ear or in children
  • Recurrent or chronic ear infections or drainage
  • Dizziness, balance problems, or frequent falls
  • Nasal blockage that doesn’t improve with one month of treatment
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Loss of smell
  • Persistent nasal drainage or postnasal drip
  • Hoarseness or change in voice
  • Chronic or recurrent sore throats
  • Snoring or sleep apnea
  • Problems swallowing
  • A mass or lump in the neck or on the face
  • A concern or diagnosis of head and neck cancer
  • Thyroid nodules or concerns for cancer
  • Growths or abnormalities in the mouth or throat
  • Salivary gland problems such as swelling or recurrent infections

Ochsner is home to the region’s only comprehensive offering of ENT subspecialists, all with advanced training, at a single address. We also feature the only fellowship trained sinus surgeons in New Orleans and, unlike “sinus centers” in the area, the Ochsner team is truly integrated with other specialties such as allergy/immunology and neurosurgery. While we offer many procedures right in our offices under local anesthesia, we also handle the most complex conditions and procedures.

The Ochsner ENT Team Evaluates and Treats:

  • Acute and chronic ear infections
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Hearing loss (in both adults and children), including hearing aids and surgical therapies
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Airway disorders
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the ear and temporal bone
  • Allergies
  • Recurrent or chronic sinusitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Chronic nasal obstruction
  • Deviated septum
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the nose, sinuses, and skull base
  • Facial trauma
  • Recurrent or chronic sore throats
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Headaches
  • Hoarseness and other voice disorders
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Masses or lumps in the head and neck
  • Lesions or white/red patches in the mouth
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the mouth and throat (oral cavity and pharynx)
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the voice box (larynx)
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the salivary glands
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the thyroid gland
  • Melanoma
  • Advanced skin cancer
  • Complex wounds of the head and neck
  • Salivary gland dysfunction such as recurrent infections or swelling
  • Aging face, facial cosmetics, and facial reconstruction

Treatments Provided

Procedures we specialize in include:

Ear

  • Cochlear implantation
  • Tympanoplasty (ear drum reconstruction)
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Stapedectomy
  • Implantable hearing aids
  • Temporal bone resection
  • Removal of glomus tumors
  • Myringotomy with tube placement (tubes)

Nose

  • Septoplasty
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Nasal reconstruction (functional or for skin cancer)

Sinus

  • Minimally invasive sinus surgery
  • Revision sinus surgery
  • Turbinate reduction and other treatments for nasal blockage
  • Balloon Sinuplasty (sinus balloon dilation)
  • Polyp removal
  • Endoscopic tumor removal
  • Repair of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks
  • Treatment for clogged/blocked ears (Eustachian tubes)
  • Tear duct surgery

Throat

  • Tonsillectomy
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
  • Transoral robotic surgery
  • All minimally invasive or traditional cancer operations for the head and neck

Thyroid

  • Lobectomy
  • Total thyroidectomy
  • Total thyroidectomy with neck dissection

Airway

  • Complex endoscopic and open airway surgery

Audiology

  • The Audiology program at Ochsner is one of the leading and largest audiology centers in the Gulf South Region. We are a comprehensive hearing center, specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and management of hearing disorders in newborns, seniors and everyone in between. We provide the full spectrum of hearing health care from hearing screenings and diagnostic exams to the fitting of hearing aids and programming of implants. Learn more.

Our Locations

Ear, Nose & Throat services are available at Ochsner locations across the region. Find an ENT doctor at the locations listed below:

Jefferson

Uptown New Orleans

West Bank

Kenner

North Shore

Baton Rouge

Bhent

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